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Guess what?

...


I'm writing a book. With pages!


And there will be pictures on the pages. And words. And maybe the pages will be really aerodynamic or something. I haven't really decided what all of the hi-tech features are going to be yet. It's tough to choose.


Anyway, I've been wanting to tell you guys about this for a very, very long time, and now I finally can!

Touchstone (a division of Simon & Schuster) will tentatively release my book in Fall 2012, which sounds like it's a long time away, but really, it's only the gestation period of two slightly premature babies. And if you're a time-traveler, then it can be as soon as you want it to be. It can be now!

If you're not a time traveler, here are some helpful time-frame comparisons to make the book's publication date seem not as far away:


So really, it isn't actually that far away.  And I'll keep updating here in the meantime.  

The book will contain roughly 50% new material.  The other 50% will be posts I've published on this site already, but some of the posts that did not previously contain illustrations will be illustrated.  It will be basically just like my blog in book-form (illustrated short stories, guides, etc.), but it will have at least an attempt at an organizational structure, probably.  

There isn't really an appropriately climactic way to end this announcement, so here's a picture of some shapes:

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MYW said...

Congrats! That is awesome.

sunny_bunny_feeling said...

Now I know what everybody's getting for Christmas next year!

Nasia said...

I will buy this and read it on the train!

Nora said...

I have a can of peaches that I bought in August of 2003. Can I still eat them? Please advise.

alanjameskeogh said...

Congrats, that is so awesome.

I'll have to buy a can of peaches for the countdown.

when its released, i'll make a pie! and hope i don't die from it being outside its shelf life O.o

Christy said...

BEST.DAY.EVER

Tess said...

So, with the Billy Blanks thing, does that count the time it takes to rewind? Because that could add substantially to this. Maybe I should just do the potato thing instead.

frosty said...

WHY HAS THIS ONLY APPEARED IN MY FEED TODA-- oh nevermind, today _is_ the 5th. Let me get into my time box and have a read at that book then. Jolly best make a cup of tea for the trip.

GingerBread said...

yay book! are the pictures going to be all glossy? :D

Amy McWeasel said...

Hooray! :D

Katie said...

awesome!

Eti said...

Congratulations!
Page numbers just blow my mind. This also gives me enough time to grow out a beard!! xD

~K~ said...

Time travel has given me some trouble in the past, so I've decided to listen to Prince while driving to Orlando.

Rebecca said...

Congrats! Super awesome, well deserved! Looking forward to it, but I will patiently wait, and not involve potatoes or babies, or any of those other things that put time into perspective. Yes, I will patiently wait.

GuabaMan said...

Great news!
Never give up! Never surrender!

Toni said...

Luckily for me, I live in Idaho. So I'm pretty sure I can totally do that potato thing. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Between this and the book from "My Milk Tooth" blog I am one super happy person.

Lowest Truth said...

When I was little, I had a Little People town set. The set came with plastic pieces of mail with primary colors on them and fake stamps and stuff. They made me very, very happy, to the point now that if I see one I get a huge warm fuzzy feeling and nearly euphoric, I dunno why.

This book will do for my adulthood what those pieces of mail did for my childhood. SO can't wait.

Ardin said...

Congratulations! You're very talented and you totally deserve this. Yay!

RW said...

There so much WIN in this post!

furonfire said...

My favorite shape is the blue five sided one in the bottom left. It should get a smiley face.

Slim said...

For future blog references... perhaps more pictures of shapes are in order?

taec said...

is this real life?!?!??!

creaming myself thinking about it tbqh.

Armchair General said...

This is almost as good as ... CAKE!

Zack said...

So. Excited. Herray.

Anonymous said...

I just can't contain all the happy!!!

This is going to be so super :)

abi's mom said...

Best news I've had all day!

Jacob said...

OMGIMTOTALLYGOINGTOBUYIT!!!

halllaur said...

Congrats!

Jan Priddy, Oregon said...

I am very excited about this... I'm expecting my first grandchild in October. This isn't as good. But it will give me something to talk about and bring to his or her first birthday party, seeing and he or she won't really be talking yet.

Anonymous said...

YAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Becky said...

So what you're saying is that I should probably throw out the cans of peaches that I own.

Bummer.

But yay! A book!

azchica said...

Yay! Congratulations!! Cannot wait :)

tikisinspace said...

Parp? Parp!!
Congrats! It's sure to be a fun read.

Andrea Frederick said...

So...is this why you pretty much haven't posted anything in forever?

Sammi said...

Congratulations Allie!!

Genevieve said...

Allie you rock my world. As a stay at home Mom of 3 girls (all under 5) you bring a MASSIVE bright spot into every day that has a new post. I'm SUPER EXCITED about the book and can't wait to get it! HUGS for making my extremely stressful life a little bit less stressful!

Genn
Monroe, NC

Lindsay said...

Yes, pre-order options? I'll take 10 right now...I SAID NOW!

giddy99 said...

NO!! NOW!!! No waiting! Not Fall 2012, but Summer 2011!!!

Arbitrista said...

VHS?!?!?

Tish said...

awesome you lucky duck!

English Coach said...

Oooo I so want a copy!

Anonymous said...

That's great! Conratulations!

Luke said...

Hello.

I was thinking. Using Einstein's theory of relativity, if you constructed a space craft that went very close to the speed of light, it might take only a few minutes for your book to come out.

And let's face it, that wouldn't be very long at all!

teac77 said...

wonderful news!

Haven said...

I have a sneaking suspicion that your book will be out before I can grow a 14cm beard (I'm female).

However... CONGRATULATIONS! I can't wait to read it.

Lisa said...

If you release this in ebook format, it would totally be worth buying a Nook Color for (if you knew how much I was in love with my Kindle, you'd understand).

Kat R said...

I'm getting married in fall of 2012...I know something that's going on the registry...

A teapot...


Got your hopes up there, didn't I? How terrible of me! Really though, if I have any money at all I will be buying a copy of this book! Cross my heart!

Nathalie said...

Yaaaayyyyyyy!!!! I am sooooo buying this book. Congrats! :-)

Jennie said...

I am so EXCITED! LIKE REALLY REALLY EXCITED! As excited as Simple Dog encountering unexpected treatage. (And when you're simple, they're all pretty much unexpected.)

Hoorays! And congratulations, Allie.

Haven said...

I have a sneaking suspicion that your book will be out before I can grow a 14cm beard (I'm female).

But anyways.... CONGRATULATIONS!

I can't wait to read your book.

cheetanarose said...

Am excited! :D

Just wondering, will the book be available on the internet? It is sadly my only way to buy things usually.

Love your stuff :D

Anonymous said...

you could choose the materials to be like the Cradle to Cradle book! which is really not paper at all and 100% awesome for the earth!

go Cradle to Cradle and Hyperbole!

creatinglittlemonsters said...

So excited for you! A WHOLE BOOK! Wow! Congrats!

Samantha said...

Whew I thought you were dead. I can't wait for your book.

acz said...

Winning!!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Great to hear :D , I can't wait!

- Helen
http://www.artfire.com/users/Beaded-Bohemian

Anonymous said...

:D Yay! Will it be released overseas?

Cathleen said...

SHAPES! *tilts head to the side like simple dog*

Dani said...

Congratufrikinlations!

Twells said...

I'm so excited!

Andi said...

Awesome! I can't wait to buy it!!

Kara Stenberg said...

Yay! Ever since I started reading your blog a year ago I've been telling everyone that I'll be buying the book as soon as it comes out, because this blog is so great it WILL have books. And I'll be getting a copy for my mom, too; she loves Hyperbole and a Half. She's going through chemotherapy and I upload the latest posts on my laptop and bring them with me for her to read and laugh. She'll be done and healed up by the time the book comes out but how awesome is it that my Christmas shopping plans for 2012 are already finished? :D *so excited!*

loisc363 said...

Yayyyyyy a Book!!!

Z said...

OMG!!!

Desmondiva said...

Awesome! I will have this book on my coffee table! When I get an coffee table... when I get my own place again...Hey! I've now set a goal thanks to your book!!! :D

John Judy said...

YAY!!!!!

vitupera said...

So go knock over a store and by the time you get out it'll be in paperback!

olives4eyes said...

Christmas shopping 2012 is in the bag. Sweeeeet.

djangodurango said...

When you say the entire discography of Prince, does that include when he was The Artist Formerly Known as Prince or just Prince as Prince?

Adrienne said...

Shoot, I think I need to throw out some peaches. On second thought, maybe I'll just feed them to the kids.

For purely selfish reasons, I'm so glad you're publishing a book! This will make it so much easier to share and explain the joy of reading your blog!

Also, one commenter said she thought you were announcing a pregnancy. I'm afraid I've often wished that you were a parent. Your blogs about owning pets are so hilarious that I CAN'T WAIT for your take on parenting!

Caitlin said...

Congratulations! I will definitely be buying this book.

pcflamingo said...

YAY! Happy dance! Cinco de Drinko celebratory beverages! Yay!

Anonymous said...

yay! I know whats going on my 27th birthday wishlist!

Mrpink said...

This is great! I'm so excitied for you. I hope you get to do a tour too.
High five to you!!

Elly Lou said...

Yay and congratulations! Can I call dibs on being a beta reader? I'll send cake and everything...

Kaitlin said...

HOLY CRAP!!!

I cannot possible find the patience to watch 3 whole potatoes rot.

Kristan said...

Figured as much. :)

djstremel said...

Well, it's about time!!! I've been thinking...why on earth doesn't she write a book?! So there you go...you've made my millinium! Can't wait to buy/read it!!

denise;) said...

SuperAwesomeCongrats to you and all those who got you to this point, your parents, Alot, Simple Dog and Helper Dog and your DH.

Cliff said...

Awesome! =) Consider me sold (or rather your book to me.)

So glad for you! Always adored your artful posts :D

Wendy said...

That's awesome! I'm so excited! What's it gonna be called???

Riin said...

Huzzah!

Vaedri said...

Yay! And woohoo! And other excited exclamations of joy and congratulations!

Captain Poolie said...

Huzzah!

skachick said...

Woohoo!

Angelala said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Totally psyched about this. Sara Groves is releasing a new album this fall, and then it will be only one year until your book. That's how I'm counting.

. . . Oh, but wait. Does this mean that the blog stories will stop??

K. I. Kiselev said...

AAAWWWEEESOME!!!!!

catspaw said...

OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!!!!
It will, I'm sure assuage the pain of having no more Harry Potter movies to look forward to.

Danger Boy said...

That's quite awesome! Congratulations! I'll buy it and drink scotch while I read it!

mike said...

What if Prince puts out a new album between now and then?

s-boo said...

Oh Shapes! *ahem* YAY BOOK!

Laura said...

I'm going to go out and buy a coffee table JUST to put your book on it. It's going to be lime green and have ice cream cones on it.

Marissa said...

I echo the clever remarks of some commenters above: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

David said...

Exciting!

I really hope that the fun triangles make it in. They're one of my favourite things.

I hope the author pic is you as a Raptor.

6li7ch said...

I'm so happy it's a book that's keeping you from posting and not a life threatening illness. I hope it gets shipped to South Africa. The book that is - we have enough life threatening illnesses down here. Oooh, I can't stand visiting the post office.

Happy writing.

Anonymous said...

Holy awesomeness!!! Can't wait!

Nikki said...

This is what I've been waiting for since the day I started reading your blog. Congratulations!!!

Krissy said...

Here's proof that adults love them some picture books. Congrats, Allie! I'm proud of you :)

InweTheGreat said...

HELL YES. I am going to buy the crap out of that book. Get ready.

DeskDiva said...

Holy crap - you really DID win the internet!!!!! Congratulations, Allie!!

Lisa said...

I knew it I knew it I knew it! I just told my friend that had to be the reason why you were being stingy with your posts:) yay!!!!

Anonymous said...

OMG I WANT YOUR BOOK NOW!!!!!! I AM SOOOOO EXCITED!!

Roni said...

I like this book release alot (i can't draw a book release alot, but maybe you get the idea).

Anonymous said...

Yea!!!! I can't wait to read the book of the year! :)

Beckah-Rah said...

Super congratulations! Books are fun!!

BUSNINJA said...

You're the only person who has ever made me laugh so hard that snot came out of my nose and onto my computer keyboard. I can't (metaphorically) wait!

Megan Perez said...

YAY!

Pale Girl said...

Blatantly saw this coming a mile away. Yay for you! :D

shiapet said...

Congrats! You are fabulous! Eat CAKE!!!

TayLyee said...

That sounds awesome!! I can't wait! :D And I can't believe you got a book deal for your blog posts! And here I am trying to write a whole novel with no pictures and 300 pages and *mumble* *grumble* *mumble* *headdesk*. . .

Um, anyways, totally will get that book! :D :D :D :D

Anonymous said...

Sweet! we get to read your book before the end of the world!!

Dave said...

What a coincidence!

I just happened to eat 400 pounds of meat this morning.

David P. said...

About time! I was tired of getting paper cuts on you blog :)

Anonymous said...

288 pages is alot of pages. ;)

Mrs BabyDream said...

Wuhoo!! I'll defo be buying it!!

Nicole R. said...

YAY!!!! :)) SUPER AWESOME!!!! <3

ccm2424 said...

Fantastic news!!! Can't wait to hear more about it - and pre-order as soon as possible :)

1trilliongrams said...

OMG YES!

Jay Ferris said...

Consider me erect! In my chair, eagerly anticipating this book!

Anonymous said...

When is Spaghatta Nadle coming back? I miss him sooooooo much :'(

Linda said...

Tapping my fingers anxiously, while eating hoards of meat, waiting on potato's to rot, looking at the expiration dates on some of those canned peaches in my pantry, and trying very hard not to contract Ebola while waiting for book to be published1 Congrats!!

Jen said...

Yaaaaaayyyyy!

Gatomon said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you--you're going to be famous! Well, even more famous than you already are. ;)

Anonymous said...

YAY! this made my day! i am so excited for you Allie! (and for all of us!!)

I LIKE IT ALOT :)

Donald said...

Congrats - can't wait!!

quiltzyx said...

I'm already starting to save up so I can buy it as soon as it is released.

Wow.

A book made of Allie Awesomeness.

My heart is full.

Dani King said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

dtrue said...

I have officially started growing potatoes to keep track of your progress! Purple potatoes. I mean who can resist purple potatoes?

003492 said...

Oh my god how AWESOMEEEEEEEE!

Avocet said...

After it's published, please come to the Emerald City ComiCon in Seattle to autograph (and sell) copies. You are much beloved there, as the reaction to my PARP! shirt shows.

Anonymous said...

Can we have one of those ticker thingies that counts down the days?

Now, stop wasting time drawing shapes. Get to WORK.

Jessica Linke said...

Ok so I went forward in time to check out your book, and even though I had to have it shipped internationally to me in Australia, it was totally worth it. Even though I'll probably go to hell for all the carbon footprints it left behind.

Wow, but what will Charlie Sheen do now that you are hogging up all the winning?

Jessica said...

~ Congrats ~

Anonymous said...

Put me down for 1000 copies!

Kristina said...

You have made my day!!!!!!!!

Merrianne Couture said...

I can't wait. Yes I can. No wait. No. Yes. Congratulations!

Courtney said...

This is awesome! Congratulations.

Kristen @ SEO Runner said...

Dear Santa,

I want this book Xmas 2012.

Or a time machine now.

I've been something resembling good at least a few times between this moment and Christmas 2012.

Kelly said...

that is so great! congrats! I heart you and you crack me the hell up!! I'm going to start ending my verbal diatribes with random shapes. But I'll use my fingers to make them. this will most likely not make me look insane at all.

I am excited and I will happily buy your book!

Vanessa Di Gregorio said...

SCORE!!!

Time to find me a potato farmer!

The Bionic Pancake said...

This may be the biggest thrill of my life.

Suzy Q said...

Awesome! Congrats! I can't wait to see the dedication. You are dedicating it to me, right?

Suzy Q

Anonymous said...

Those publishers are pretty smart! You will be HUGE!

Kate said...

Yay! This means I have at least 3 Christmas gifts done for Christmas, 2012

Bridget said...

AAAAAAHHHHH A BOOK! :runs madly in circles: GOTTA HAVE IT! GOTTAGOTTAGOTTA HAVE IT!

BlueBazu said...

That is the BEST news I've heard all day!!!

Trueself said...

OMG!!!! This is the best news I've had all day! A book! A book I can buy and own! A book that maybe I can get you to autograph if you do a book signing tour and come relatively close to where I live!

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

Sorry. I got excited.
Breathe. . .
Just breathe. . .

Anonymous said...

Oh pictures praise jebus. Bought the Cracked.com book and sadly realized it's not the same w/o images and captions. Hooooooray Book!

Jeremy said...

I like the three isosceles triangles in the center best.

Congrats!!!

Shawnabear13 said...

I'm buying this. Totally.

lacochran's evil twin said...

Congrats! So well deserved!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Forget taking over the internet, you can now take over the literary world! : )

Richard said...

Shapes!!!

Jennywenny said...

Yay! you rock! congratulations. I hope you'll keep posting. I sometimes save your posts until I'm having a really bad day at work, then I read them and spit water all over my keyboard and guffaw embarrassingly.

Jen said...

Can I pre-order a copy now?

Anonymous said...

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Amanda Kay said...

Best Cinco De Mayo ever! You inspire me! And I'm super stoked for you!

Your book are belong to me as soon as humanly possible. ♥_♥

Toby-one said...

I in fact have canned peaches OLDER then that amount of time!

Tina, said...

That's totlly awesome, but could you move up the publishing date to, like, May 10th 2011. I was just informed that the second coming of Christ is May 21, 2011 and since I got the girls to celebrate my birthday early enough to enjoy the cake before the Rapture, it would be nice if they could also give me your book for a birthday gift as well, before the Rapture.

Jes said...

OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!

Jessica said...

Ya ya! Hurray for your book and for you! I showed my son your blog because he is very much like you (fun artist, funny person, good hearted, ADHD). I want him to be happy and successful at something he likes. You are a great example. Thanks! Oh, and you are also hilarious!

Anonymous said...

I totally love this blog! Can't wait for the book!

Sarah B said...

Please please please put the "why I'll never be an adult post in the book!!!!

It's my favorite. :)

Jessica said...

YAYY this is probably the most excited I've been about something that didn't involve my own good fortune. Now you're REALLY going to be making money without having to get a "real" job. (not insulting you, you are living the dream.) Please make sure to let us know IMMEDIATELY when it is up for pre-order!

AmericnJewl said...

First. If the illustration of running through a fire in swim fins isn't in the book I'm going to throw myself off of a slightly raised platform to my inevitable death.

B. I have started consuming my 400 pounds of meat in preparation.

El Gaucho said...

And it shall be awesome-rad!!

Anna said...

Does the amount of time it takes to watch Extreme Tae Bo with Billy Blanks back to back on VHS include the time it takes to rewind the tape after each playing? Because I intend to test this theory.

Kaylee said...

omg yay! Although digesting 400 pounds of meat would be like slowly eating your way through two baby elephants with a fork. That's slightly sad, but real elephants, I've discovered, are much, much heavier (thus meatier) than that and it was the only animal you could sit down and just chow through with a steak knife so....Yeah. They were mean elephants, by the way. Just so you don't feel bad about eating them in the time it takes for your book to come out. Good luck with the adhd! I was sitting having a serious conversation and realized the speaker had trailed off as I was staring transfixed at a woman eating a muffin. I immediately thought of you and how your brain works because at that moment more than life itself I wanted a MUFFIN and not to be sitting there nodding politely. Now I'm tempted to google muffin/elephant jokes to make this comment more cohesive, but sorry. No. Now I understand how you must feel at the end of most of your posts.

Delphine Dryden said...

Squee!

Okay, the first potato is all set. *stares*

Allie said...

Yaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!

Where can I pre-order?

Danielle Thorn said...

I am going to try SO FREAKING HARD to teleport!

But if that doesn't happen, I'll wait patiently and then I'll buy the book on the day it's released :D

I'm so excited for you!

Nights said...

I want one! :)

Clandestine Road said...

Woohoo! Can't wait!

Rachel said...

yay! congrats!

Leslie said...

Great news kids! We're going to Disney World....FOUR HUNDRED AND FORTY SIX TIMES. Now go get in the car, we've gotta get a move on because Allie wouldn't lie to us.
It's probably a good time to go on this trip because Cinco de Mayo is no time to be in Albuquerque. Actually no time is a good time to be in Albuquerque.

Amanda said...

YEY, I can't wait to read it. Keep us updated when we can buy it!!

Fluffy Cow said...

OMG! Page numbers!!
I am starting my Tae Bo video RIGHT NOW!!

Mitchell Crouch said...

I will for certes be purchasing this product. Oh, how I have waited for this day. :D

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Congratulations to you- that is so exciting! :)

Jenifer said...

Oh yay!!!!! I'm just hoping for LOTS of Simple Dog. I love Simple Dog. She is the best. (Is she a she? I forgot.)

Alivia said...

YES! Now instead of my pushy, over-the-top exclamation of "YOU'VE GOT TO READ THIS BLOG!" I can *hand* the person a book and make sure they read it right there.
I am going to buy 50.

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

Congratulations! Your gift for humour and illustrating your hilarious tales should definitely be available in bookstores everywhere! I'll be in the sleeping-over-on-the-night-before-it's-released crowd...seriously!

dinogami said...

This is so freakin' cool that I peed a little...

Lou said...

AWESOMELY super news ! Hurrah ! L0L! :0)

jkvalley said...

Yea!!!

Amy's Cooking Adventures said...

AWESOME! I can't wait!

Satan said...

well damn, now i'm going to be obliged to buy like 3,000 copies of your book, so i can distribute it to pretty much EVERYONE i know. because everyone must know this.

Anonymous said...

I am going to buy the shit out of this book.

Anonymous said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA

Tori said...

Congrats, I cant wait :P

Mr Farty said...

*starts growing a beard*

GADAFINY said...

congrats

Phil said...

Squirrel!

Easy O said...

Uh, I just said to someone THIS MORNING that if I were an agent or editor I'd be all about trying to get you to write a book. And then this was posted. CLEARLY I CAN MAKE THINGS HAPPEN WITH MY BRAIN.

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dextrasherrr said...

THAT'S AWESOME! I'm so glad your dreams are coming true. You're so funny and talented and deserve great success. Congrats!

Fred the Fairy Godmother said...

I can haz pre-order? o.O

WonderBunny said...

Yay! That is awesome news.

Anonymous said...

I am totally going to buy this book. I love you, Allie!!!! But not in a creepy, stalker-ish way....

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